UPDATE: Simpsons World launches on October 21 at www.simpsonsworld.com.
With FX's "Simpsons World" set to launch
sometime in October 21, it's only a short matter of time before fans of The Simpsons find themselves glued to the couch, calling in sick to work, and binge-watching episodes until their eyes fall out, Itchy and Scratchy style. "Simpsons World" will offer every episode of the series for streaming via the FXNOW app. Though some fans might want to start from the beginning, it might be a bit less daunting to sample some of The Simpsons' greatest hits before committing to such a project.
While would could hardly say that there are only 10 great Simpsons episodes (that would be blasphemy), we do know the 10 we'll be watching as soon as the all-inclusive app rolls out.
"Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo"
This season-10 episode aired on May 16, 1999, and follows the Simpson family as they explore Japan. Episode highlights include a talking toilet, a Japanese television show that cause seizures, a sadistic game show host, and the Simpson's return flight to Springfield, which gets intercepted by Godzilla and Mothra.
"Mom and Pop Art"
When Homer fails to build his own backyard barbeque pit, he goes from frustrated middle-class man to high-class conceptual artist. Another season-10 episode, "Mom and Pop Art" aired April 11, 1999, and features an animated cameo by acclaimed artist Jasper Johns as himself and actress Isabella Rossellini as art collector Astrid Weller.
Homer decides to go on disability by putting on weight until he reaches 300 pounds in this episode from season seven, which originally aired on November 5, 1995. The episode features many memorable quotes, including "I wash myself with a rag on a stick!" and "The fingers you have used to dial are too fat. To obtain a special dialing wand, please mash the keypad with your palm . . . now." In the end, Homer's obese body is used to block the the toxic gas leak that's threatening Springfield.
"The Cartridge Family"
Early into season nine, Homer Simpson acquires a gun, and, as you can imagine, hilarity and near-fatality ensue. The episode, which aired November 2, 1997, pokes fun at an earlier season when Maggie shot Mr. Burns and features such comedic highlights as Homer using his gun to do household basics like turning off the lights and Bart and Lisa racing vibrating beds in a sleazy motel.
"Lisa the Vegetarian"
After visiting baby animals at a petting zoo, little Lisa Simpson decides she's swearing off meat, much to the horror of Homer. This season-seven episode aired October 15, 1995, guest stars Paul and the late Linda McCartney, and features some classic Simpsons moments, including the scene when Homer chases a flying dead pig, in denial about its increasingly damaged condition, "It's just a little airborne. It's still good, it's still good!"
When Selma's biological clock starts ticking, she takes a stab at motherhood by bringing Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens. Lisa drinks contaminated ride water, causing her to become delusional, and Bart gets in trouble with amusement park security. In the end, Selma decides she's just fine with not having children and adopts her pet lizard, Jub-Jub. This season-four episode aired on January 21, 1993.
In season 11, the Simpsons have to escape town after Homer challenges the wrong man to a duel. While living their new life on a farm, Homer accidentally creates a hybrid plant that's part tomato and part tobacco. Tomacco ends up turning the farm animals into addicts causing them to destroy the crops ultimately and forcing the Simpsons to close up shop and head back to Springfield. This episode aired November 7, 1999.
"Behind the Laughter"
A spoof on VH1's Behind the Music, this episode aired May 21, 2000 (another season 11 pick). It stars the Simpsons cast as themselves, off the set and uncut. A lot of hard truths are revealed: Lisa's growth hormones, Homer's addiction to pain pills, Marge's failed attempt to market diaphragms with her face on them, and the fact that Huckleberry Hound was a closeted homosexual.
"Trilogy of Error"
This season-12 episode, which aired April 29, 2001, tells the story of a single day from three different perspectives. Homer gets his finger cut off, Bart enters a sting operation to find illegal fireworks smugglers, and Lisa builds a grammar robot named Linguo whose final words are used to correct Homer's bad grammar.
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"Lingo is dead."
Turns out, the cause of Homer's stupidity has been hiding under his nose this whole time -- well, technically, up his nose. When Homer gets a crayon removed from his brain he experiences the lonely life of an intellectual living in Springfield. While his bond with Lisa is strengthened, he finds himself losing friends left and right. Ultimately, Homer decides to put the crayon back in. Ignorance is bliss. This season-12 episode aired January 7, 2001.